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05 June 2011 @ 07:38 pm
View From The Ground  
Just got back from Japan. Short description of the affect in Tokyo and Kyoto from the recent disasters: next to none. In Kyoto there were the standard "ganbare Nihon" signs and collection boxes for disaster relief, but otherwise the only other affect is that there were distinctly fewer tourists. If one didn't know to look for signs of the recent disasters one would miss it completely, particularly if they're not fluent in Japanese.

Tokyo's a bit of a different story, due to the power crunch. First timers to Tokyo will notice nothing particular, though people who have been there before will notice differences everywhere that give a background feeling of endurance. Many escalators are shut down, Lights in all vending machines are off though the vending machines do still work. So much of the neon is turned off that going through Shibuya, Shinjuku and Akihabara at night was kind of creepy. There's just dark outside the train windows, with periodic lit streets. It's not unsafe, it's just so different from the usual from the norm that it stands out. Temperatures were decidedly warm when I was there, but not at summer heat level yet. Power consumption was between 70% - 90%. Either people will put up with melting all summer, or rolling blackouts will come back.


Oh, and Tokyo Tower is still listing slightly. The initial earthquake damage has been fixed, but if you look at it, it's obviously not fully straight yet.



Bottom line: Go to Japan. From a tourist perspective it's perfectly fine. And the folks there would appreciate the support.
 
 
 
z107mz107m on June 6th, 2011 02:07 pm (UTC)
*wave* *wave* welcome back!
Will be in the area last week of June-ish, so if you're free, let me know.
Sandpanthersandpanther on June 8th, 2011 01:34 am (UTC)
Yup, I should be free. Give me a ping when you have an idea on what you're time is like. I assume you'll be at SDCC as well?
z107mz107m on June 8th, 2011 02:32 am (UTC)
yup. will probably get to sd on tues and leave monday. my friend has a baby now, so i'm wondering how she plans to work out the logistics of going to sdcc, but she says she's going...
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Sandpanthersandpanther on June 8th, 2011 01:36 am (UTC)
They've had some experience with nasty earthquakes and tsunamis. It's not a party, but folks will rebuild. And the areas I was in, folks were pretty removed from the damage. Tokyoites would have felt a big shake; folks in Kyoto wouldn't even have that.
StrypGiastrypgia on June 10th, 2011 12:33 am (UTC)
The idea that the Tokyo Tower is listing is somehow profoundly unsettling. Wonder if that will show up in the scenery of any anime produced around now?